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Welcome aboard the (almost) USS Iowa

River to River, hosted by Ben Kieffer

The future USS Iowa is among the nation’s newest nuclear attack submarines. It’s also the first of its kind, specifically equipped to accommodate female crew members.

On this episode of River to River, submarine veteran Caleb Scheider of Tiffin joins host Ben Kieffer. Schneider has spent more than 1,000 days serving aboard a submarine similar to the Iowa, and is also the executive director of the USS Iowa Commissioning Committee. He discusses his experiences living and working on a submarine.

Lieutenant Taylor Boosmann also joins the program. She will serve aboard the future USS Iowa as the NAV, and discusses what makes this vessel unique.


  • Caleb Schneider |submarine veteran and executive director of the USS Iowa Commissioning Committee
  • Lieutenant Taylor Boosmann | the NAV (navigator) on the future USS Iowa
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Samantha McIntosh is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio. Prior to IPR, Samantha worked as a reporter for radio stations in southeast and west central Iowa under M&H Broadcasting, and before that she was a weekend music host for GO 96.3 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Caitlin Troutman is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio